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January 23, 2022
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Jean-Paul Wahl: Romania does not have enough recognition and representation in the Francophonie

The president of the region Europe of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie, Jean-Paul Wahl said Saturday, at Suceava, that Romania does not have enough recognition and representation in the Francophonie, adding that our country should have an important place in this organisation.
“We feel that Romania does not have enough recognition and representation in the Francophonie. I am convinced that, among all countries, except those who have French as official language, Romania is the one that shares to the highest extent and is closest to the French culture and civilisation,” Wahl said during the Conference of Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie from the region Europe, held in Suceava. He mentioned that a global action started this year, aimed at reinforcing the role of countries that do not have French as official language, but have cultural and historic ties with France.
“In this context, of the European Union, it is evident that Romania must occupy an important place, with more visibility,” the president of region Europe of the Parliamentary Assembly of Francophonie added.
Conference on La Francophonie in Bucharest
Promoting francophone values in Central and Eastern Europe was also the theme of Friday’s conference of the heads of parliamentary delegations to the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie – European region, taking place in Bucharest at the Palace of Parliament.
MEP Cristian Preda, personal representative of President Traian Basescu for La Francophonie, expressed regret at the University Agency of La Francophonie not providing support for the establishment of a Francophone University in Bucharest. He also reminded that Romania and other Central and Eastern European countries are only modestly represented in the La Francophonie bodies.
‘It is a dramatic underrepresentation compared to our contribution to the Francophonie in all respects. This is also about the Foreign Ministry having just one officer to manage the Francophonie file. There is no dedicated office in place, a more substantial structure to handle these problems,’ added Preda.

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